By Scott T. Sterling

Pixies surprised fans this morning (September 3) with the release of EP-1, four brand new songs from the band as they continue to move forward after original bassist Kim Deal abruptly left the fold back in June of this year. The EP is available on both vinyl and lossless audio download (for a mere $4) via the Pixies’ website.

“If we’re going to keep touring like this, we need some kind of new story, a new life, something,” the band’s frontman Black Francis (born Charles Thompson) told the New York Times when asked why the band is adding new music to their influential discography. Pixies have been on a roll since reforming in 2004, playing 324 shows to the tune of $65 million in ticket sales.

“I hate to say it, but I’m not going to let one snafu get in the way,” guitarist Joey Santiago said in regards to the departure of Deal, with Kim Shattuck of the Muffs taking her place on tour. “It’s time to put on the guitar. It’s time to shine. No one is going to take that away from me.”

The first new music from the group since the song “Bam Thwok” in 2004 and “Bag Boy” from earlier this year, EP-1 covers a lot of territory in just four songs, from the dreamy surf tones of opener “Andro Queen” to the classic Pixies mid-tempo guitar-driven dirge of single “Indie Cindy.”

“It’s all about self-doubt,” Black Francis told the Times regarding “Indie Cindy.” “It says to the audience: ‘I don’t know if this romance has still got what it needs to happen again. I don’t know if you’ll accept me; I don’t know if I accept you. But we have this memory. Can we do it again?’”

The band promises to release more new music “sporadically” over the next 15 months, all without advance notice and from the Pixies directly, now a fully independent entity.


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